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08.31.07 14 Comments

One Missed Call (watch the trailer at Yahoo) is an American remake of Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike's 2003 movie Chakushin ari, starring Ed Burns and some other people whose names aren't worth memorizing. I used to rip on Americanized remakes pretty hard, but this was before The Departed.  What can I say, they had me at "gratuitous gunshots to the head".  I love unnecessary headshots like crazy bitches love Girl, Interrupted.  You know that scene in Pan's Labrynth where the guy gets shot in the face? Yeah, I was giggling like a schoolgirl.  Judging by their horrified glares, the other people in the theatre didn't find it as funny as I did.  Anyway:

In One Missed Call, a chain of people receive terrifying cell phone messages of their own final fatal moments. Though the messages can be deleted, their number is up. Beth Raymond (Shannyn Sossamon) is traumatized when she witnesses the gruesome deaths of two friends just days apart. Even more disturbing, she knows that both of them had received chilling cell phone messages—actual recordings of their own horrifying last moments. Impossibly, the calls were received days before they died, but each death occurred precisely when and how the messages foretold. The police think Beth is delusional—except for Detective Jack Andrews (Edward Burns) whose own sister Jean was killed in a freak accident that bears a strange similarity to the deaths of Beth’s friends, Leann (Azura Skye) and Taylor (Ana Claudia Talancón). Together, Jack and Beth work feverishly to unravel the mystery behind the ominous calls. But even as they get closer to the truth, Beth’s cell phone begins to ring with an eerie tune, and the readout says One Missed Call…

On a related note, anyone else noticed how black dudes have started using bluetooth headsets as a fashion accessory?   

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